Wiltshire prepares for another round of firefighter strikes
1:53pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
WILTSHIRE Fire Service is preparing for another round of strikes by firefighters.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union have warned they will be walking out between 6.30pm and 11pm on Friday and from 6am to 8am on Monday as part of their national dispute with the Government over pension reforms.
The full time stations at Swindon, Chippenham, Westlea, Stratton, Trowbridge and Salisbury will be out of action as will on call stations at Calne, Melksham, Pewsey and Warminster.
Plans have been made for crews to answer calls from alternative locations. Retained firefighters will be providing fire cover as usual.
Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones said: “Given that a strike in mid October was cancelled at the last minute because progress was being made in talks to resolve the national dispute between the FBU and the Government, it is very disappointing that further action is being taken already.”
He added: “During the industrial action, we will still be responding to 999 calls, but it may take us a little longer than usual to arrive and, with larger premises, we may send a smaller attendance than usual in the first instance.
“With both Bonfire Night and Diwali likely to be celebrated this weekend, it’s even more important than normal for people to take extra care.”